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Hope For Ishmael

Posted: September 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

The transformation of a life changed by Christ is imgres.jpgnothing short of miraculous. This is especially true for Tass Saada. He grew up hating Jews in Saudi Arabia and then Qatar. His hatred and thirst for revenge took him to holy war in Syria under the well-know terrorist leader Yassar Arafat. However, God had other plans for Tass and brought him to America where he found a wife, a job, and (most importantly) love for a Jew named Jesus Christ. Once An Arafat Man is an amazing story that would have been hard for me to believe if I hadn’t meet Tass Saada in person. His autobiography is easy-to-read and fast paced. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the conflicts in the Middle East, especially to those who are Muslim.

While Tass’s first book is geared toward those with a Muslim background (because that’s his story), his follow-up book, The Mind of Terror, was written with the Christian believer in mind. With his background as a terrorist, 51nPTUJoTWL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_.jpgand as an American citizen who was born in the Middle East and who now lives in the West Bank, Tass is probably one of the best people in the world who can help educate us on how a terrorist thinks. If you had to choose just one of his books to read, then choose Once An Arafat Man, but after you read it you will want to read The Mind Of Terror.

One extra thing that I took away from his two books that I wasn’t expecting was his views toward current tension in The Promised Land. I have come to embrace his view that both Jews and Muslims should live peacefully with one another in the land. And that this will only happen as hearts and lives are changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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How Big is Love?

Posted: August 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

My 5-year-old and 1 year-old sons love this book! urlThe pictures are great and the meaning of the story is even better. It’s based on 1 Corinthians 13:13, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love is bigger than anything, and my children love the comparisons that Little One makes throughout the whole book.

Just the title of this book has made me 41Q09NEMloL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_want to read it for a long time. Last October a new expanded edition was released with added material. And now, for this month only, ChristianAudio.com is giving away the audio book(read by the author) for FREE! (Bonus: There’s a part where she sings Psalms 23, which was a pleasant surprise.)

This was a wonderful book and I’m so glad that I finally made time to listen/read it. Rosario Butterfield was a tenured, lesbian English professor at Syracuse University. After writing a letter to the editor against Promise Keepers, she was befriended by a local pastor who invited her to dinner. Over time, as they became friends, she heard the gospel and was saved. Her journey from anti-Christian to open-mindedness to salvation to pastor’s wife and home-school parent is an amazing story of God’s grace. I highly recommend this book to all non-Christians who are open to considering the truth claims of the Bible and to all Christians who aren’t sure how they could befriend someone who has a completely different worldview. What an amazing story of God’s grace.

Get this audio book for free while you can and listen as she tells her story in her words.

PS: I just learned that she had a new book released in July of this year called Openness Unhindered. I’ve heard that it’s even better than this one, so I’m looking forward to reading it as well.

The Truth of the Cross

Posted: May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Christians actually do not celebrate Easter only once a year, but instead gather to worship Jesus Christ as our risen Lord, Savior, and King every Sunday. In addition to reading Scripture passages about the crucifixion and resurrection leading up to Easter, I have often found it helpful to read good books as well. One year, I read D.A. Carson’s book Scandalous and I highly recommend it. (It’s even on sale right now for $2.99 on Kindle.) This year, I picked up R.C. Sproul’s book, The Truth of the Cross. I have really liked previous books by Sproul and so I was excited to read this one as well…. I was not disappointed.

The book is really an explanation of the gospel with an emphasis on what was accomplished on the cross by Jesus. This is so important today because many people, even so-called Christians, do not believe in justification by faith alone. Sproul says, “It’s not even justification by good works or by a combination of faith and works. The prevailing notion of justification in Western culture today is justification by death. It’s assumed that all one has to do to be received into the everlasting arms of God is to die.”

Scripture teaches that all people are sinners and that we all deserve the wrath of God (Romans 3). This is just. Human beings pay lip-service to justice, but when we are the guilty party we cry out for mercy. God doesn’t ignore sin. God doesn’t avoid sin. God hates sin and He will pour out his wrath on sin. Sproul’s money quote is that we have committed “cosmic treason” against a holy God. Jesus Christ became sin for us on the cross so that we might become the righteousness of God.(2 Corinthians 5:21). That is amazing! Sproul puts it this way: “Christ’s supreme achievement on the cross is that He placated the wrath of God, which would burn against us were we not covered by the sacrifice of Christ.”

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will help you see sin more clearly, which will help you appreciate the cross more fully, and in turn, you will worship God more fully.

3-year-old potty humor

Posted: October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Poison Ivy

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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We learn from Biblical studies that people with leprosy had to live outside of the city and yell “unclean” whenever a healthy person was near. They were individuals that no one wanted to be near for fear of catching the disease themselves. There is a modern day equivalent with which I am afflicted. It’s called ” the poison ivy.”

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I have told my friends and family that I do not have leprosy. That they cannot catch the disease of “the ivy” by being near me or touching me. Although the rash looks similar, the disease can only spread through the plant itself and not through a person. Here are two websites to back up my claims: http://www.poison-ivy.org/html/faq.htm and http://www.webmd.com/allergies/tc/poison-ivy-oak-or-sumac-what-happens

Please be informed. And let’s treat all people with respect and dignity…even those of us who have unsightly rashes on their face.

Strength to Work?

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Its seems like it’s hard to drive by a church this summer without seeing a banner in the front yard advertising the “Kingdom Rock” Vacation Bible School. Group Publishing must have done some amazing marketing because those banners are everywhere.

I thought the visuals looked great, but  I was surprised to see the sub-title on the main graphic. It says, “Where Kids Stand Strong For God.” Some might say that I’m nit-picking, but I couldn’t help that my first thought was “Why does God need anyone to stand strong for Him?” “Isn’t God strong enough to stand for Himself?”

It also bothers me because the sub-title and the main idea each day teaches that we need to work hard. As I look through the topics each day it seems like the kids would be exhausted by the end of the week…. work, work, work! Each day is about getting help with the work, but it’s still all about work. And what if someone does mess up, what do these lessons teach? Get back up and work twice as hard?

The gospel isn’t how hard we can work for God. It’s the good news that Jesus worked hard on our behalf. We don’t need to teach people, especially kids, that they need to stand strong for God because in Christ, God stood strong for us.